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Zion Hill Homecoming Singing (Cooper Book)

Henderson (Rusk County), Texas

June 21, 1998

The annual Zion Hill Homecoming Singing was opened with prayer by Brother Raymond Smith, Pastor of Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church. John Morris led songs on pages 32t and 31t. Leaders: Joe Nelson 106, 155, 384; Charlie Vaughn 72, 63; Mary Ruth Stiefel 75, 100; B.E. Matthews 405, 406; Barbara Moore 229, 61; Monnie Ross 49t, 335; Harold Hill 73t, 74b; Ruby Morris 108b, 277; Burl Russell 64, 164.

RECESS

The class was called to order by John Morris leading song on page 84. Leaders: Verlon Stiefel 572; Ophelia Matthews 507b; Mary Bachmann 225t, 393t; Otis Chapman 500, 501; Irma Lee Faust 143; Emmie Morris 112, 280.

The memorial lesson was held with Joe Nelson leading song on page 285 for the sick and shut-ins. Barbara Moore led song on page 300 in memory of Louis Smith. Those buried in the Zion Hill Cemetery in the last year were: Henry Griffith, Joyce Maples, Arthur E. Dungan, Billy Joe Smith, Lewis Jarrell, Eva Sparkman, Dorthy Welch, Leroy Bell, and Lloyd Welch. Prayer for the noon meal was led by Brother Raymond Smith.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was opened by John Morris leading songs on pages 186 and 450. Leaders: Barbara Moore 521 (by request); Charlie Vaughn 549, 522; Mary Ruth Stiefel 220, 119; Dale Redmon, Jr. 64, 540; B.E. Matthews 578, 298; Barbara Moore 268, 142; Monnie Ross 148, 451b.

RECESS

John Morris called the class to order leading song on page 390. Leaders: Robert Vaughn 47b, 50t; Ruby Morris 332, 270; Mary Bachmann 38t, 563; Joe Nelson 400, 28b; Robert Vaughn 456, 425b; Emmie Morris 543b, 381t.

John Morris led song on page 69 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Joe Nelson.

Chairman—John Morris; Secretary—Emmie Morris.